on Competition for Management of the Berkeley Lab Contract
What has caused the delay in the issuance of the draft
DOE does not disclose procurement-sensitive information. We
believe that the delay has been due to the time necessary
to ensure that the requirements of the RFP promote fair competition
and do not provide UC any unreasonable competitive advantage.
Furthermore, UC believes that the RFP for Berkeley Lab will
set a precedent for a series of several other RFP's over the
next few years (LANL, LLNL, ANL, et al.) and that DOE wants
to start with the best model. .
What is UC doing to prepare for the competition?
UC has hired a consulting company that has considerable experience
with similar DOE competitions and has assembled a Berkeley
Acquisition Team (BAT) to prepare material that will be useful
for preparing the proposal.
Will the Lab have any input? After all, we are
the ones who know that most about the place .
UC Managers and employees at the lab will have the majority
of the input. Bill Barletta , the Director
of the Accelerator & Fusion Research Division (AFRD),
is the Berkeley Lab Acquisition Manager for putting together
the proposal. Joseph Rasson of the
Engineering Division is his deputy. Most of the other
members of BAT are Berkeley Lab employees. However,
in carrying out the BAT activities, they are representing
UC, not the Lab. That means that they cannot use their Lab
offices, computers, or other communication devices when they
are wearing their UC "hats."
Where do the BAT writers do their work?
UC has created a Proposal Center for the work at the Kaiser
Building in downtown Oakland and has leased office space from
DOE in Building 62 here at the Lab. These are both equipped
with UC computers and systems to prepare the proposal.
We are proud of our Lab's impact on "real world"
technologies. Will this be taken into account in the
University's response to the RFP, should there be one?
Absolutely. Those are examples of significant accomplishments
that UC has achieved as the Manager of Berkeley Lab and they
are to our and DOE's credit. Those achievements will be highlighted
in UC's presentation of its relevant experience and successes
in the proposal.
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